The rest of the 100 (in alphabetical order): Tomotaka Goji, co-founder, University of Tokyo Edge Capital
Tomotaka Goji co-founded University of Tokyo Edge Capital (Utec), a VC arm of University of Tokyo, in 2004 and has been managing partner ever since.
Goji has raised four funds totalling more than ¥54bn ($485m) so far and personally celebrated 19 exits – 10 through acquisitions and another nine through listings.
Utec was ground-breaking for Japan in 2004, but Goji actually drafted the law that formed its legal basis in 1997-98 when he worked at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Utec has been a success from the beginning. The first fund invested in 34 companies and has celebrated 31 exits to date – Utec 2’s 13 investments have led to one exit since 2009, while Utec’s 29 deals have also led to one exit since 2013.
Utec 4, created in January this year, may have only just started investing but at $217m it is the largest fund raised by the firm.